Rensselaer Central School Corporation is located in the city of Rensselaer in Jasper County. The city is located along the Iroquois River, 42 miles northwest of Lafayette. The corporation serves grades PK–12, and it also offers an Extended Care Program. This program is designed to provide quality child care before the school day begins and after it ends for those who need the service. The corporation has a Facebook page to keep students and parents informed about school activities.
Students in every grade level are eligible to be included in Bombers for Academic Excellence. Every year, the organization publicly honors all students who have excelled academically. For a better chance of achieving academic excellence, students are encouraged to continue to learn throughout the summer, and specific information is listed on the school website to help parents choose appropriate educational resources.
Two schools serve elementary age students. Rensselaer Central Primary School, rated an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education, serves students in Grades PK–2. Van Rensselaer Intermediate School serves students in Grades 3–5. There is a full day preschool in addition to the Extended Care Program before and after school. Students in all grades are placed in clusters with like ability peers for instruction in language arts and mathematics. High ability students have a curriculum tailored to their needs. Technology is used to enhance classroom instruction. Every K–2 grade student has an iPad mini to use throughout the school day. Every 3rd–5th Grade student has an iPad they use both at school and at home.
Rensselaer Central Middle School serves Grades 6–8. In addition to the curriculum of CORE 40 courses recommended by the Indiana Department of Education, advanced course offerings are available to students in the areas of language arts and mathematics. The school’s focus is on delivering a standards-based educational program that has the same goals as the No Child Left Behind initiative. The approach improves student achievement in reading, writing, and math.
Students can participate in plenty of great sports teams and organizations.
Rensselaer Central High School serves Grades 9–12. The curriculum includes advanced classes, honors classes, Advanced Placement classes, and dual enrollment in various subjects including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language. Students can supplement classroom instruction with information found in the media center. The center contains about 15,000 print and nonprint materials. Students can also use a computer lab. And the media center has materials available for student projects including poster board, colored paper, glue, and markers.
The school offers the following sports: baseball, basketball, track and field, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, and more.
Students can also participate in one several organizations including Rensselaer 500 Club, Science Olympiad, band and choir, yearbook, newspaper, National Honor Society, and others.